Fans of the 16-year-old video game series "Tomb Raider" have called the depiction of an attempted rape scene in the opening of the new game offensive, and lazy.
"Tomb Raider" was unveiled at the E3 video game conference this week, portraying the video-game heroine as a bloodied, bruised and vulnerable woman forced to fight for her life, killing a mercenary before he tries to rape her.
Whether the scene is playable or not, gamers were adamant that using violence as titillation was offensive, sexist and unnecessary.
The video game production company that created the game, Crystal Design, has denied that the scene contains an attempted rape, directly contradicting comments it made last week to video game website Kotaku.
"One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an 'attempted rape' scene, is the content we showed at this year's E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled 'Crossroads'," wrote studio head, Darrell Gallagher in a statement.
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